OTTAWA, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Stephen Maher of Postmedia News and Glen
McGregor of The Ottawa Citizen will be the 15th recipients of the World Press Freedom Award, at the Canadian Committee
for World Press Freedom's (CCWPF's) annual luncheon celebration at the
Ottawa Convention Centre.
Maher and McGregor were selected for the Award for a series of stories
they co-wrote on the so-called 'Robocalls" affair exposing fraud in the
federal election of 2011. This not only touched off a political
firestorm but subjected the two writers to a campaign of smear tactics
An Honourable Mention will be accorded to Margaret Munro, science writer
at Postmedia News for her story on the muzzling of scientists by the
federal government, squarely placing the issue of freedom of expression
for the science community on the national agenda.
May 3, celebrated around the world as 'World Press Freedom Day,' serves
as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to
press freedom. It is also a day of reflection among media workers about
issues of freedom expression and a time to develop initiatives to
defend and promote free speech.
The Ottawa event will draw friends and supporters of the Canadian
Committee for World Press Freedom and hundreds of delegates from two
national journalism organizations in the city, Newspapers Canada and
the Canadian Association of Journalists in town for their own
Keynote speaker Charles Sennott, an award-winning, Boston-based
journalist and media entrepreneur, will address the gathering on
"Ground Truth in a Digital Age." After a uniquely dangerous year for
international reporting, Sennott will explain why journalists must
renew their commitment to on-the-ground reporting.
Don Newman, former host with CBC TV will moderate the event.
The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom Award includes a cash
prize of $2,000 and a certificate of honour from the CCWPF and the
Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The 13th annual International Editorial Cartoon Competition, also hosted
by the CCWPF, invited cartoons on the theme: "Hard Times and Free
Speech" and drew responses from around the world. "When journalists
and cartoonists face economic uncertainty or threats to their
employment there is great pressure to give up on tackling tough
stories, give in to self-censorship or give attention to sensationalist
journalism in the service of commercial survival," said contest
co-coordinator Guy Badeaux.
The first prize of $1,500 will be awarded to Leslie Ricciardi of
Uruguay. The second and third prize winners, to Dale Cummings of Canada
($750), Peter Chmela of Slovakia ($500) will be honoured as well.
The winning cartoons may be viewed (and reproduced under certain
conditions) at: http://www.ccwpf-cclpm.ca/cartoons-2013/cartoons-2013-winners
The CCWPF is a not-for-profit organization run by a volunteer Board. The
CCWPF acknowledges the generous cash and in-kind contributions from its
many sponsors, which include the Canadian Commission for UNESCO,
Newspapers Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ),
iPolitics, The Ottawa Citizen, Le Droit, the Hill Times and Embassy
newspapers, the National Press Club Foundation, St. Joseph's,
Prospectus Associations, Rx & D and many more.
SOURCE: Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
For further information:
Susan Korah 613-241-4967
Guy Badeaux 613-562-7506
See also: http://www.ccwpf-cclpm.ca